Friday, May 21, 2010

5/20 Roundup and News

Hanhwa 10, Doosan 5
W - Ahn Yeong-myeong (3-1), L - Goh Chang-seong (1-1)
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng 2(12) Doosan HR - Kim Hyeon-su (7)

The Hanhwa Eagles took two games from the Doosan Bears. The Eagles aren't pretty, but they have a puncher's chance to win. If they can club a few long balls, find a way to keep the opponent off the scoreboard and keep their foreign pitchers out of the game, they have a chance against any one. That's basically what happened last night. Hanhwa was losing 5-4 in the 7th inning when left fielder Choi Jin-haeng hit his second homer of the night to tie the game at 5. Choi finished 3-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Hanhwa put men on first and second with two outs. 2nd baseman Jeong Won-seok hit a routine grounder to short that should have ended the inning...but the ball rolled under Son Si-hyeon's glove and the runner was able to score from second to give Hanhwa a 6-5 lead. The Eagles tacked on a few insurance runs and the Bears went down meekly in defeat. Hanhwa received 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief from their bullpen. Hanhwa starter Jose still not very good at throwing baseballs.

SK 9, Nexen 4
W - Gary Glover (4-3), L - Bae Him-chan (2-2)
SK HR - None Nexen HR - Kang Byeong-sik (2), Kang Jeong-ho (7)

SK rallied for five runs in the 2nd inning and basically cruised to an easy W. SK starter Gary Glover wasn't great, but he ate up a few innings and rode the offensive outburst to a win. Glover threw 5 1/3 innings(96 pitches, 54 strikes) of three-run baseball. Glove gave up four hits and wo walks while striking out four. The SK offense took advantage of a wild Nexen pitching staff. Nexen walked eleven batters and hit one. The first three hitters in the SK lineup walked five times and scored five runs. 2nd baseman Jeong Geun-woo went 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base. Left fielder Park Jae-sang went 1-3 with two walks, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. DH Kim Jae-hyeon went 1-3 with a walk, one RBI and one run scored. The Wyverns kept the line moving most of the night and came away with an easy W.

LG 7, Samsung 3
W - Bong Jung-geun (4-3), L - Bae Yeong-su (3-4)
LG HR - None Samsung HR - None

This is the Bae Yeong-su I remember! Bae was chased from the game in the 2nd inning. He gave up five runs, but only four earned before getting the hook. LG ace Bong Jung-geun was much better. Dr. Bong operated on the Lions offense and held them to only one run on two hits and three walks during his 6 innings(120 pitches, 81 strikes) of work. Bong struck out nine lions en route to the W. LG lead off hitter/center fielder Lee Dae-hyeong is an absolute Lion killer. I think he was permanently on 2nd base for the entire series. Lee followed last night's effort with a 2-4 night with a walk, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. LG infielder Kwon Yong-kwan finished the evening 3-4 with a double, one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base. LG can score against mediocre pitching and the Lions were definitely mediocre last night.

Lotte 9, KIA 4
W - Cho Jeong-hoon (5-1), L - Seo Jae-wong (3-1)
Lotte HR - None KIA HR - None

The formula here was simple the Lotte offense wore down Seo Jae-wong, got to him, then knocked around a mediocre KIA bullpen until 27 outs were recorded. Lotte starter Cho Jeon-hoon didn't pitch great, but hey, a W is a W. Cho tossed 6 1/3 innings(76 pitches, 50 strikes) and gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk. Cho managed only one, lonely strikeout against the free swingin' Tigers. Lotte first baseman Park Jong-yoon lead the charge from the #8 spot. Park ended up 2-5 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Third baseman Lee Dae-ho chipped in a 3-5 effort with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored. KIA was simply beaten in every facet of the game. They didn't pitch well, they didn't field well, and they let the Lotte bullpen throw 2 2/3 scoreless innings against them. For shame, KIA, for shame.

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